June 4th, 2008
12:31 PM ET

An exit plan for Hillary Clinton

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Katrina Vanden Heuvel
Editor, The Nation

A week ago I expressed my hope that Senator Hillary Clinton would exit this historic race, gracefully, with dignity, after the last primaries. A smart op-ed by Anna Holmes in the New York Times this past Sunday suggests one way Clinton might manage to do just that – starting with a speech that offers an expansive message for all women – especially for a future generation of women who could be energized and moved by her campaign, rather than deflated by it.

Holmes argues, “Of course there’s been sexism throughout this campaign. But at this point, keeping track of every tone-deaf criticism matters less than delivering an active, impassioned response. Senator Clinton is the one woman in America right now who has the perspective, and the responsibility, to give that response.”

Senator Clinton could deliver a rousing speech that challenges us to examine the structural sexism in our media, culture and politics. She could challenge the media to bring on more women of all ages, races, and views, as Washington Post ombudsman Deborah Howell recently called on her newspaper to do....

While there has been a laser-like focus on the resentment between the Clinton and Obama camps, what is hopeful about moving forward is that the resentment – or even rage felt by some of Clinton’s most ardent supporters – is directed in large part toward media sexism rather than Senator Barack Obama’s candidacy. And that is as it should be, because if we’re going to build a strong progressive coalition, and rebuild this nation, we must stand together. That means refusing to engage in what some have called “the oppression sweepstakes.” It also requires a capacity to see race and gender in multi-dimensional terms. “The real question,” as Shankar Vedantam writes in the Washington Post, “comes down to whether groups that face discrimination focus their disappointment and resentment at discrimination – or at each other.” As Betsy Reed wrote in a recent Nation cover story, “sexism may be more casually accepted [while] racism, which is often coded, is more insidious and trickier to confront.”

As passions cool, and Clinton supporters refocus on what is at stake in this pivotal election, there's an enormous opening for Senator Obama to win back these voters. He has already started speaking concretely to women’s issues broadly defined (as they should be): the economy, healthcare, education, ending the war. And who in their right mind could support McCain when it comes to issues which will improve women’s lives – across class and race?

And in the months and years ahead, Senator Clinton could highlight policies that challenge structural sexism – whether with regard to women’s reproductive rights and healthcare, or pay equity and equal access to positions of power. She could become a bold leader in the Senate on issues of health, education, women’s rights, civil rights, labor rights and the many issues that impact the lives of women.

This historic campaign of rousing highs and distressing lows has vividly illustrated the need for a true dialogue on sexism and gender – one that would counter Geraldine Ferraro’s venomous and wrongheaded comments in her Boston Globe op-ed , and speak to the kind of yearning and new energy described by Amanda Fortini in a New York magazine article, “The past few months have been like an extended consciousness-raising session, to use a retro phrase that would have once made most of us cringe. We’ve parsed the gender politics of the campaign with other women in the office, at parties, over e-mail, and now we’re starting to parse the gender politics of our lives. This is, admittedly, depressing: How can we be confronting the same issues, all these years later? But it’s also exciting. It feels as if a window has been opened in a stuffy, long-sealed room. There is a thrill at the collective realization. Now the question is, what next?”

Senator Clinton can make an important contribution in the years ahead by speaking with conviction and passion about sexism in American life.

Read Katrina's Blog at The Nation Website

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soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. Chris - Hemet, Ca.

    I can understand, maybe, her needing some time to bow out but her performance last night, Sen. Obama's big night, was just deplorable! Everyone gave her the latitude to bow out with grace but last night we discovered she has no grace. Shameful.

    June 4, 2008 at 8:23 pm |
  2. Melinda

    If there are still Hilary Clinton supporters out there who believe this campaign was a loss to the cause of equality in the USA, I hope they will consider the implications of having a minority candidate of any kind becoming President. Up to this day it was still possible to claim that the only person who could be a viable candidate for the office of president was a middle aged white man. With record breaking turnouts and fever pitched participation, this campaign has proven irrevocably that this is no longer the case. If Obama makes it all the way to Washington this November he will prove that someone other than the classic model can execute the duties of that office as well. This will make it much easier in the future for non-standard candidates to get off the ground in subsequent campaigns. I believe she would have been great...but so will he. A door is opening in our country, one that most of us never thought we would live to see opened. We have to stay together to make it happen.

    June 4, 2008 at 7:57 pm |
  3. Normand Lessard

    If you go to CNN.COM's main page right now, Hillary Clinton is still on the Front Page. Why? It really is not necessary, nor do we care if she wants to "Drop" out and when, as it all about her once again, not the Party she says she represents!

    Senator Clinton, you need to WAKE up out of this fog your in, as the RACE IS OVER! You had a wonderful campaign.


    June 4, 2008 at 7:33 pm |
  4. donna sherman

    You guys are treating Hillarry like a woman!!!! What man would you have let get by with a speech like she gave last evening?

    She is also acting like a woman. She expects all of you guys to open doors for her. She expects to be allowed to wait until she's ready to do whatever she please. And, she expects you all to pull out her chair as she gets a seat at your table.

    I'm an older woman and from Bill Oreilly flirting with Hillary, to Wolf Blitzer babying her, I'm getting nauseaus.

    If she wants to play ball with the guys, she needs to be treated like a ball player, not something special because her uniform fits a little differently.

    Get a grip!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ds, missouri

    June 4, 2008 at 7:12 pm |
  5. Robyn Knights

    Good afternoon.

    I think this is a sad day, so close and yet so far, put yourselves in her shoes. Whats with the delegates. A vote is a vote. I would have thought that if neither candidate reached the number, both would start back at zero and then and only then would the super delegates become involved.

    In sports, teams compete, like NHL teams and then they qualify for the next round and then all start at zero. Might be a thought for future elections

    By the way Mr. Toobin (I hope that is spelt correctly) crossed the line last night when he made a very ugly remark about the Clintons. So listening to Gloria, another Clinton hater, right now on the Situation room.

    I have to turn the tv off, Shame on the Media.

    June 4, 2008 at 6:59 pm |
  6. Merc


    Obama is drawing independents and moderate republicans with newness and a break from "old politics." taking hillary as his vp could possibly turn off that demographic. no one *knows* if hillary will help or hurt him, just like no one *knows* if he needs hillary to win. none of it is clear, and it's a risk either way.

    June 4, 2008 at 6:53 pm |
  7. John

    I think it is so sad to see your show beat up on a lady who has done so much for so many. It's so very clear that you and your show, up until now I thought it was great, has slid to new lows. And just when I thought you hit the lowest point along comes Mr Jeffery Toobin! The remarks he made on your show last night about the Clintons were disgusting to say the least.

    I see the path this program is taking all the way down. Take Toobin with you he belongs in the mail room.

    June 4, 2008 at 6:41 pm |
  8. Christina, Windber, PA

    I wish someone would conduct an extensive poll to find out how many people would vote for Hillary running as an independent.

    June 4, 2008 at 6:39 pm |
  9. Marilyn

    As Democrats, we really need to stop all the bickering and focus on what it will take to win the General Election and get a Democratric President in the office in 2008. This Primary has received so much attention because of the number of Americans who came out to cast their vote for the FIRST African American or Female President of the United States. We need to stay focused on what is important here and that is uniting as a party. We are each emotionally tied to either Obama or Hillary and that is keeping us from becoming A Strong Democratic Party. If we can all set aside the EMOTIONAL ties to this race and focus on WINNING, perhaps then an Obama and Hillary ticket will sound more appealing to everyone. Right now, the way I see it, we will accomplish two tasks with an OBAMA AND HILLARY ticket. We will unify the Democratic Party and we will be Unbeatable in the General Election.

    Does Obama need Hillary to win? I don't know, and it doesn't sound like anyone else KNOWS! So why take that risk? (THOSE OPPOSED TO SUCH A TICKET, ARE YOU WILLING TO TAKE THAT RISK?) Why not make it a DEFINITE WIN!

    June 4, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  10. Patty

    I think Hilliay should concede. I'ts over! Barrack won. If it was her winning she woukd not have acted this way. This was history and she can't accept it! She and Bill are so arrogant they can't accept the fact that it's over. The way she has treated Barrack I wiuld not offer her the position of VP, She is too arrogant and besides I know Michelle would not let her direspect Barrick. Both her and Bill have served this country , now it's time for them to move on. Barrack is dynamic and there are some people that are just HATERS. Ther are people like Rush LImbaugh and Shawn Hannity that just hate him because he's smart , good looking and intelligent! They are just plain jealous of him. Anderson I love you and your show and I appreciate anchors like you. Lou needs to get a life . All he does is complain about everyone and everything , he has become a turn off. So Anderson keep up the good work and I will continue to watch your show .

    June 4, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  11. Diana (Canada)

    The facts:

    He is Black; she is White
    He is a man; she is a woman.
    He is an ex Muslim; she is a Christian.
    He is inexperienced and not wise.
    She has experienced and is wise.
    No way will a Black Muslim Man hire a White Christian Woman to act as his Advisor.
    She is not of God and he is.. remember?
    Women are not even tertiary to people of these faiths.

    'a true Democrat turning Republican'

    Diana (Canada)

    June 4, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  12. R Kelley

    Win at all costs. Refuse to concede. Ignore the obvious. Destructive path. Sounds like Hillary's plan for Iraq has been illustrated with her campaign strategy. This serves to strengthen Obama as the only viable alternative to 4 more years of Bush politics.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  13. Nell Hannon

    I don't see Hillary on a destructive path or somehow power grabbing. She is a class act. I think she is entitled to exit, if she wants to do so, when she wants to do so and how she wants to do it. She has earned my respect over and over with the way she has taken the media already wrapping this up in January. I believe the media has picked her to death. She deserved better. The media should have been a little more critical of the Iraq war. The vultures are on a feeding frenzy.

    June 4, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  14. Terrance Moore, Hartville, MO

    I'm sorry for Hilary and her backers, but it is over. Let me say that again so maybe someone will understand it. IT IS OVER. She ran a good race, but she lost. It is time for the good of our party to publicly concede to Obama, and fall in line with the DEM rank and file. No more stalling, she should have done it last night, as it was expected of her and she knew it. It is no longer "about her", and it stopped being "about her" when Obama got enough delegates to push him over the top. It is over, and the fat lady has sung her last note.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  15. Michelle

    When is Jeff Toobin going to apologize for the recent personal attack on Hillary? Personal attacks do not equal respectful criticism.

    Anderson, you know what I am referring to. I am not going to
    post the words here.

    Jeff Toobin, in his remarks, showed a lack of manhood and lack of
    journalistic integrity.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  16. Janet, 60+White Female American via Canada

    As Tony the Tiger said "EXIT STAGE LEFT OR IS THAT RIGHT"?

    June 4, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  17. Jeff G

    It may be that Hillary was the victim of sexism but it certainly was not on the part of Obama and his supporters. Hillary may be the victim of a system that is inherently sexist>but between Obama and MCain, Obama is more likely to work to change the system.

    I do not recall ever having heard a poll which suggested that Obama supporters would never vote for a female candidate nor have I seen Obama appealing to the sexist vote.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  18. Larry

    The emotional investment by voters in both camps will make it quite difficult for Clinton supporters to be accepted as equals by Obama supporters. If you were a Clinton supporter then the Obama supporters don't want you.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  19. Molly

    Hillary is not entitled to anything, but her supporters are. They have their own issues that are being discounted. Listen to what they are really saying. Obama is already reaching out to them by giving Clinton whatever space she needs. Be an inclusive party and bring in the people who like Clinton....as long as you continue to judge Clinton you judge them...which only fans the fire....if you don't understand this then try the art of listening.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  20. Evelyn

    I believe that Senator Obama should speak out against the sexism if he wants to win the Clinton supporters and women voters who are tired of the good Ole Boys tradition of putting women down. The Senator has said repeatedly that he is for change . Yet he hasn't taken a leadership role by saying to the press or to the leaders that sexism is just as wrong as racism. Wonder why? Does he also feel that it isn't a big deal, women will get over it.To heal the feelings of women and those men who are against sexism would also make history. As a white female last night took this country backward instead of forward. Yes, history was made and I hope will change the thinking of all when it comes to sexism in America. Senator Obam should ask Senator Clinton to be his VP.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  21. KendraK

    Please…Give me a break!

    Hillary Clinton is clearly an ego maniac who only cares about herself, which is just another indication of why we (as Americans) should do our best to keep her very far away from the White House.

    As frequently taught in elementary school, poor losers never make good leaders. I am a very competitive person by nature, but I would never, ever stoop so low as to ignore an obvious defeat based on pure arrogance.

    Hillary’s behavior, time and time again, makes me dislike her as a human being.

    America…There are seriously legitimate, profound reasons why so many delegates picked Obama and not Clinton.

    Albuquerque, NM

    June 4, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  22. Jamie

    Lesli, I agree with your comment. Way to voice women's rights. I am tired of seeing women bow down to men. It is time a women be heard and Hillary is that women. I think she should tell Obama do it on your own, this women is not helping you.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  23. TX Democrat

    Hillary Clinton is not ruining the party. If FL and MI were allowed to be seated, this would be a completely different race.

    If Hillary was so far behind that it showed she had no shot of winning whatsoever, I would agree with the media. HOWEVER, the media seems to think that because Obama has a SLIGHT delegate lead over Hillary Clinton that she is ruining the race. If the party is divided in half, what gives anybody the right to say that Hillary should not be running.

    I believe that Obama and the media is doing more damage to the Democratic party by essentially telling the half that voted for Hillary Clinton that their votes are invalid, that we are somehow ruining something for Obama.

    This has nothing to do with race, it has to do with who half of the Democratic Party believes would be the best president.

    Hillary Clinton should not accept being VP. She should run on the independent ticket. Have Obama, McCain and Clinton run against each other. Then we can see who the country believes would be the best president.

    June 4, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  24. Debbie, NJ

    Lesli. This Presidential election was not suppose to be about gender or race. It was suppose to be about getting the Rep. out of the WH. It really didn't matter which candidate does it. Hillary didn't lose because of sexism. Obama didn't win because of racism. Go look at the facts. The votes are the facts. Sure some people voted based on race or based on gender. But overall it was the candidates responsiblity to win the voters over to their side. Just like some feel that Obama can't win blue collar, woman or elderly (which seems to be a regional problem more than a status, gender or age problem), Hillary has alienated so many people. Remember she was winning at first. But her tactics, statements, attitude, and lies are what turned people away from her. Personally I think she was a bad example for women. She lacked integrity and morality. Those are the things that need to be instilled into our young women.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  25. jo

    Mc CAin should prepare his will for family and also prepare to leave this earth peacefully, cos struggling with a young, vibrant, inspirational man like Obama could result in a heart attack and his hospitalization.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  26. jo

    well, the agony of defeat is not anything the hiliary want to put up with for the rest of her political career. i would suggest that she take a vacation go to the bahamas and get dirty with bill to relief her of the stress

    June 4, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  27. steve

    article speaks of grace and diginity.

    Sorry America- there is no dignity and grace in politics- only lies, deception and embezzlement

    time to wake up and face reality America.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  28. Brian from Granada Hills, CA

    She should take it to the convention. Win based upon her winning popular vote, based upon her strong showing in the final primaries (I think she won 8 of the last 11 primaries) based upon many polls showing she would do better against McCain.

    The American people are a little weary of this guy Obama. He has never run anything, but would be great at a Toasters convention. They are worried he will take them down a path that is a change for the worst. Many business experts agree that he would be a nightmare for business. If Hillary doesn't get the nomination, her supporters should move to McCain.

    I am sorry many feel so strongly that McCain is another Bush, but if you knew the facts of McCain you would realize he is his own man and many times acts more like a Democrat then a Republican. Don’t vote against him because he is from the same party as Bush. If Bush was running against McCain I would support McCain wholeheartedly. What you may end up getting in return for your anti-Bush vote is the highest tax increase in our lifetimes and the biggest government a liberal senator could dream for. Good speeches become hollow when your paycheck becomes so thin because of high taxes and your jobs become scarce because of anti-business policies. Good luck getting a raise at your job when the company gets hit with higher taxes and regulation. Let’s just hope the businesses stay in the US if Barack Hussein is elected President.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  29. James

    Leslie, you and your ilk are a joke. Sexism will exist as long as women whine like babies ENTITLED to something. Hilary Clinton HAD HER CHANCE, PERIOD. She LOST! Guess what? That happens to millions and millions of women AND men around the world every single day of the week, every week of the year. We ALL experience failure, the huge difference, apparently, is in how we deal with it. The disappointment is not that Hilary lost, it is that people like YOU genuinely believe she was OWED something! This attitude is absolutely disgusting. She ran a strong campaign and came close, she was defeated as a presidential candidate, NOT as a woman. Were fortunes reversed, Obama would have been defeated as a presidential candidate, not as a Black man. PERIOD. People like you are a dagger in the heart of feminism. Feminists, REAL feminists, fought for an equal chance to win and lose, not for a guarantee of success. But this is your America, the land of entitlement, where everyone is owed everything their hearts could desire, where any failure is because they were treated unfairly. It really makes me ill to ponder this attitude, because I know that it breeds the weakest, most wretched sort of person. I can only wonder at what it is like to be so utterly devoid of strength and character and substance.

    June 4, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  30. Adam T.

    Brian, I totally agree with you, America can not afford another like President Bush in office. Clinton will not be the last chance for women to make their mark on history as a woman president just as Obama wont be the last chance for AA's to make their mark on history. Let this process move forward and remember its not about men, women, blacks, whites, democrats or republicans........ITS ABOUT AMERICANS and the sooner we start acting like it, only then will we realize our TRUE POTENTIAL!!!!!!!

    June 4, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  31. Georgette

    I am an Independent, who has not supported one candidate over another. If all Americans think for one minute we have a voice in this or any election forth coming you are mistaken. The elections are manipulated to sever the few high-powered in government.
    Just look at the events of this campaign.
    Lets be honest here, from day one the news media has been bias. They have not been fair to the candidates, nor given Americans the real truth behind the stories. They broadcast what they want us to hear and know. Have you ever noticed the clips they choose to show, clips that in most cases then not are negative, without out revealing the actual truth behind it.
    The talking heads you see before your TV screens get there marching orders from the higher ups, who have already set the agendas.
    These self-severing originations from the onset, picked a candidate and proceeded
    To influence the American people with propaganda. The news media, journalist and ill informed annoying talking heads are part of America’s problem!

    Sympathy for Senator Clinton, I think not! PROUD YES INDEED!!! She is a fighter, strong with many years of experience. She represents millions of strong Americans who will support her in whatever path she chooses.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  32. Bill

    Like Snagglepuss the cartoon character always says Hillary, "Exit stage left." Watch out for the stairs though.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  33. jan

    Hillary needs to give it up and concede,Obama won it fair and squqre and these games she is playing are separating our party more. She needs to get on the United wagon and except the fact that she lost. Failure is a fact of life, you win some and loose some.Get with the program. Its not the end of the world, but it might be if all us dems don't get together and do the right thing for our party and vote for the nominee that has been chosen' OBAMA".

    June 4, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  34. Jan from Wood Dale IL

    Frankly, now that the powers to be (called superdelegates) have spoken, I can not think of one woman who could show the overall intelligence, strength, determination and financial means to run for President in the future. At least not in the Democratic party Can you think of one?.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  35. Leah

    Hillary Clinton has taken the limelight from Barack Obama's historical and deserving campaign. No matter which side of the party you identify with you cannot dispute the fact that the delegate count has been reached and it is time to move on.

    The sad thing about Hillary is that between her own egotistical being combined with her husband's "slimy" remarks upon impulse has simply delivered the final blow to any chance she could of had as a VP.

    Headlines should not say: "What will HiIllary do next?"
    But rather: "What's Obama's next move?"

    The ideology of a "unity ticket" or a "dream team" is nothing but a political mirage, if it goes on it will be a historical betrayal within the party going down in history under the most dreadful tragedies; Caesar & Brutus, Jesus & Judas....

    And to think as a woman, I was an initial Hillary supporter

    June 4, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  36. Matt

    I'm saddened to see the Democratic Party chose the wrong nominee. Did we not learn anything from 2000 and 2004 when we chose a left wing liberal to represent the party? All this talk about the party unifying isn’t going to happen. Regan Democrats aren’t going to support Obama and that’s a fact. They didn’t support Kerry and they didn’t support Gore, what makes people believe they’ll turn around and support Obama? I’m baffled by this. Hillary Clinton had more votes casted for her then Obama did, yet super delegates turn around and deny the people of who their candidate truly should be. This is an outrage in every sense of the word and I’m disgusted at my party for doing such a thing. Hillary please run as an independent you have more then enough support to capture the white house on your own.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  37. Lisa

    I'm very proud that Obama has won the nomination, but he does not need to have Ms. Clinton on the ticket especially after the entire negative comments her and Bill have said. I'm so disappointed about how this whole thing played out. I voted for Sen. Obama here in NC. I would be very disappointed if he chose Ms. Clinton for the No. 2 spot. She is the cause of party being divided. She is very arrogant and condescending in regards to placing herself unavailable to even speak him after he was nominated. It took more than 1 ½ hr to return his call. She also did not official concede after losing to a black man. I’m a woman and I wouldn’t had mind if she was the VP but only if she had ran her election a lot differently. The comments made by Mr. Clinton were not called for. The Clintons has really surprised the black voters. The letter that Mr. Johnson (BET owner) wrote indicated that Mr. Obama should select Mrs. Clinton for his VP should not be of any bearing. Yes he is a billionaire, and he and the Clintons are friends so tell me why she went in debt or had to loan her campaign monies to move forward in the primaries. Mrs. Clinton knew that the math was not on her side so she continued to run this race on behalf of women across America but I’m a woman and I wanted her to stop along time ago after leaving NC. But she did this to secure the No. 2 position, how could she had managed the country budget and she has to borrow monies from her and Bill’s account and continue this race. Bill Clinton stating that he would not submit to his pass financial records something that is required when a candidate is running. It should be public information since she is a state official. Again, please don’t select her for VP or my vote will not be counted like many other black Americans. Another thing why should Mr. Obama bring the party back together when she was the one to divide the party. That’s crazy.

    June 4, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  38. NC for Obama

    You KNOW what is the REAL SHAME in this…

    Barack has made HISTORY, and the news media is obsessed with what does Hillary want..

    Hillary had the perfect opportunity last night to not only bring the party together, but also to show a little class. I started as a Hillary supporter and she quickly lost my respect as a candidate. I would not want to see her on the ticket or in his cabinet.

    Go home and bake some cookies Hillary.

    June 4, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  39. Christine

    @ Dr. Calvin Lott you only know what the media wanted you to know. Really do you think so many republicans voted for Hillary? The republicans just got what they wanted, a person they can chew up and spit out. McCain will win and democrates have no one to blame but themselves.

    June 4, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  40. Carol

    I'm sorry but I just do not see how Hillary can be called an inspiration or a role model to women. She has gotten where she is today ONLY by clinging on to her husband, who has made her look like a schmuck over and over again. She hasn't even taken control of this race on her own – it's all "The Clintons"- not her. How many times has she tried to sell herself by referencing what Bill did during his presidency? What has she done, on her own, to make her a role model?
    She is a walking stereo-type of an older woman out of a TV situation comedy. The screeching voice, the fake laugh, the mood swings: one day she's venomous – the next day she's crying – the next day she's laughing . She personifies the myth of the mother-in-law none of us want, or want to become.
    Now she is the sore loser, the whiner. How does that inspire young women? Should I advise my daughter that If she is not selected for a job she wants she should blame someone else – say it wasn't fair – and refuse to leave until they give it to her?
    If she wants to be treated fair, then she has to start playing fair. Last night's speech was despicable and childish. She is no inspiration or role model to me.

    June 4, 2008 at 1:30 pm |
  41. Beth

    I hope that Sen Clinton reads and seriously considers this wise advice.

    June 4, 2008 at 1:30 pm |
  42. erico

    I really like the Hillary, but it is too bad and sad that she has chosen an apparent destructive path, to achieve her political goals. That is, to get to the nomination at all costs. I feel that B. Obama should focus on a VP that does not have so much 'political' baggage, such as Bill Clinton's insatiable appetite for the spot light. Could you imagine, VP Clinton and another Billy episode ? Obama's perfect VP pick could be Howard Dean.

    June 4, 2008 at 1:19 pm |
  43. Lesli

    I keep hearing this speak about what Obama can offer Clinton, but it has to be said, that if they have talked privately and she is still not happy with what he has said or offered then there is no law that says she shouldn't do as she wishes and continue on until the end of the summer convention.

    The media seems to forget that for blacks and the US last night was a historical moment, but for women it was a historical loss. We still need to break that domed ceiling – and anyone who can't allow Clinton this time to move on and test the waters of the possible, and to say that Obama's historical moment was ruined because she didn't bow down to kneel at the feet of a man as women have done since the beginning of time doesn't understand the CONSTRAINTS and HUMILIATION of sexism.

    Everyone's right when they say she should unite the party, but not at the expense of women's rights and freedoms and equalities. We've sacrificed those for way too many years. Let women stand up with her against the rhetoric we hear spouted – and push off the verbal pats on the head offered by Obama and McCain in their speeches last night – these in and of themselves smacked of a certain sexism.

    You talk about racism, but it effects a smaller percentage of the population of the US than sexism does, and sexism has been around longer than racism. Sexsim effects women and the children they raise. Through out time women have been born into the manacles of their sex, since the day of their birth.

    I ask you to consider that last night was one of the biggest disappointments to women since the declaration of Independance.

    June 4, 2008 at 1:02 pm |
  44. Jennifer

    right on sister

    June 4, 2008 at 12:57 pm |
  45. brian

    I truly feel for Clinton's supporters, but I find it also disturbing that a very historic moment was not fully captured because she basically wanted to save face and not look weak. That is not leadership in my book and she should not be considered for VP. We already went through two terms with a so called leader who refused to admit wrong doings or failed policies, we do not need another personality like that in the oval office.

    June 4, 2008 at 12:52 pm |
  46. Cindy

    I think that Clinton should be able to get out of this race anyway that she wants. If she needs a few days to get over it first or a few weeks. The choice is hers. She ran a great race but unfortunately came a little short. She deserves her time. No need to try to kick her to the curb so fast. Obama needs her and her voters. And if any negativity is felt by any of them I doubt very seriously that they will vote for him in the general. So everyone better be careful at what they say and do.


    June 4, 2008 at 12:49 pm |
  47. Dr. Calvin Lott, Jr.

    WHY does everyone beleive that Clinton has so many backers that would affect the outcome of the General Election. We all know that Republican groups have admitted that they have mobilized groups of republicans to vote for her in the Primaries. All of those votes that she received were not just democrats who would have voted for her in the General Election. You can beleive that the oppoisite is more so true for Obama. It seems that Mr. Pfleger was RIGHT: HILARY CLINTON BELEIVES THAT she is ENTITLED to SOMETHING!

    June 4, 2008 at 12:46 pm |
  48. Dagmar C. Murphy

    Hillary Clinton is doing all of us women a huge diservice. When you enter to win something you must also be prepared to loose. It has been obvious for a long time that she had lost. She has become outrageous in her remarks. Her actions now show exactly why she should not be on the ticket at all. If she does not have the character to exit with courtesy and grace then she has no business being in the race at all. She gave it a shot and she lost!
    Obama has every right to choose his running mate without all this pressure to choose her. She is no part of a dream ticket. She is just a sore looser. Both Clintons need to exit the national scene for a while. They are done. Their day is done just like Bush's will soon be done too. This country needs real change. These people represent a failed past.

    June 4, 2008 at 12:42 pm |
  49. Molly

    It seems that Obama is aware of sexism through what I have heard him say. I think that Clinton brought this to the forefront and I hope that it will not be lost by judging her or anyone else. Her role in this is crucial to this awareness. Follow Obama's lead in accepting this
    and giving this voice.

    June 4, 2008 at 12:41 pm |
  50. Cordell Ross

    Hillary Clinton has but one option that no one has mentioned. She will be too old at 70 to want the position and she is clearly in her prime. I hope she has the strong to RUN as a INDEPENDENT Canidate.

    And she can select Colin Powell as her running mate. Say Good Bye to Obama then.

    June 4, 2008 at 12:38 pm |
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